Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

Virtual Walk

Our Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Virtual Walk is a month long event to spread awareness

and start conversations about Pregnancy & Infant Loss.

The virtual walk will take place during the entire month of October, Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month.


What is a virtual walk?

A virtual walk is a unique way to get involved on your own terms. It is a walk that takes place anywhere at any time.  No need to sign up for a specific day and time at a specific location. You can walk when it works best for you.

Walk as far as you want at any location. 

Join a group of friends and/or family and walk together.  Run if you want.

The goal is to spread awareness about Pregnancy & Infant Loss.


How does it work?

When you register, you will receive an awareness shirt to wear when you walk.  Take pictures during your walk.  Send your pictures to us and we will post them on our social media pages and website. Post your pictures to your social media pages too. You can also talk to people you meet during your walk and tell them why you are walking, share your story.


How do I register?

Registration opens August 1!

The cost to register is $25.00.  This fee includes one short sleeve shirt. You will be able to chose your shirt size and color (grey or white) and will be given the option to personalize your shirt for an additional $4.00. You can add your baby's name or team name to the back of your shirt. Registration is available online (PayPal), in person at our events (cash, check), or by mail (check). 

You can purchase additional items - long sleeve shirt, crewneck sweatshirt, and hooded sweatshirt.

Shipping and tax will only be charged for additional items.


There are three ways to register:

1. Complete the registration below.

2. Print, complete, and mail the Registration Form to (see deadline details):

             PAILA of WCMD

             PO Box 4538

             Hagerstown, MD 21742

3. You can also turn in the Registration Form at our events but, please be aware of registration deadlines if you want to receive an awareness shirt.

             Events: August 17 – Butterfly Release & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

                          October 6 – Karaoke & Silent Auction Fundraiser

                          October 12 – A Walk to Remember

Deadline Details

* Register between August 1 and September 19, 2019 to receive your shirt by October 1.

** Register between September 19 and October 15 to guarantee you receive an awareness shirt.

*** Register after October 15, you will receive an awareness shirt only if supplies last.


You can print a 2019 Virtual Walk Flyer and Registration Forms here.

Virtual Walk Registration Form

Virtual Walk Team Registration Form

What to know about Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness


Approximately:

1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage

1 in 100 women/couples experience a stillbirth

1 in 8 couples experience infertility

and 5.7 in 1,000 babies die before the age of one in the USA.

October

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month

In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. He stated, “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS, and other causes.”


October 15th

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Remembrance Day

“Robyn Bear, Founder, and Lisa Brown, Co-Founder, 0f www.october15th.com envisioned a day when all grieving parents could come together and be surrounded by love and support from their friends and families, a day where the community could better understand their pain and learn how to reach out to those grieving. This would be a day to reflect on the loss yet embrace the love. While our babies' lives were so brief, they were so meaningful. Yet, there was not a time to talk about them. Our society seemed to forget or perhaps, simply didn't know how to reach out. Since October had been proclaimed "Awareness Month", she chose a day, in the middle of the month to become, "Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day". We are asking everyone in all time zones, worldwide, to join us in a candle lighting ceremony at 7pm on October 15th."


On September 28, 2006, House Resolution #222 was passed in the house of representatives supporting the goals and ideals of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

October 15th Brochure:

http://www.october15th.com//wp-content/uploads/2012/02/October15th-Pamphlet.pdf


Print this brochure for more information about October 15th. You can also give it to others.

Shirts and Additional Items

Each registration comes with one awareness shirt. You can also purchase additional items.

You pick!

Each registration includes an awareness shirt. You can chose the color (white or grey), the size, and to personalize your shirt with a team or baby name. Personalization is $4.00.

Additional Items

You can also purchase additional items - long sleeve shirt, crewneck sweatshirt, and hooded sweatshirt. You can chose white or grey, the size, and to personalize your items. Personalization is $4.00/item. There will be tax and shipping for additional items.

Regristration

Registration is open!

You can register online below or complete the Registration Form.  Then mail it or bring it to one of our events.

See above for registration deadlines.

Team Registration Form

Registration without personalization
Youth or Adult Size
Grey or white shirt?
Registration WITH personalization
Youth or Adult Size
Baby Name or Team Name
Grey or white shirt?
Long Sleeve Shirt without personalization
Youth or adult size
Grey or White Shirt?
Long Sleeve Shirt WITH personalization
Youth or adult size
Grey or White Shirt?
Baby Name or Team Name
Crew Neck Sweatshirt without personalization
Youth or adult size
Grey or White sweatshirt?
Crew Neck Sweatshirt WITH personalization
Youth or adult size
Grey or White sweatshirt?
Baby Name or Team Name
Hooded Sweatshirt without personalization
Youth or adult size
Grey or White sweatshirt?
Hooded Sweatshirt WITH personalization
Youth or adult size
Grey or White sweatshirt?
Baby Name or Team Name

Incentives

The three teams or individuals to raise the most money will each receive a gift card and Pura Vida Baby Loss bracelet.

All funds raised must be received by November 15th to be counted toward incentives.

Funds can be collected online or sent to:

PAILA of WCMD

PO Box 4538

Hagerstown, MD 21742